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What software can do for road safety

Software enables traffic safety management

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What software can do for road safety

Everyone encounters traffic. Traffic, and therefore also traffic risks, are always present. Accidents mark unsafe sites and routes, over speeding is often a threat and citizens do not always feel safe in their neighborhood or city. This problem is omnipresent. The problem can be catalogued and analysed using software so the safety situation can be improved, allowing traffic participants, traffic professionals and politicians to be informed about the dangers of the road.

Alongside this information, global traffic safety policy also demands a structural, efficient approach. An approach based on the three Es: Education, Enforcement & Engineering. An integral approach is even more effective. This requires many organisations from government bodies to NGOs and from the police to education to cooperate on traffic safety. Involving many different people in traffic safety increases potential. Software makes this possible. Success can be guaranteed by efficiently supporting work processes using specific software.

It is crucial for politicians to put traffic safety high on the policy agenda. Proper insight into and an overview of safety is a precondition for this. The safety situation should also be transparent to citizens so as to increase their consciousness of traffic risks. Software can fulfill this task. Software enables active traffic safety management, which makes the various partners collaborate efficiently and the existing efforts lead to a more effective approach to the dangers.

Software helps organise data
Data is indispensable to targeted traffic safety policy. The value of the data increases if it is linked to a specific location using a digital map. Collecting data constitutes the basis for any traffic safety approach whether it is data pertaining to accidents, speeds, audit results or reports of hazardous situations. Software makes it increasingly easy to collect high-quality data using for example smartphones.

Software enables the combining of various data sources allowing targeted analyses to be carried out. Moreover, it allows anyone to create maps, tables and graphs so that monitoring and analysing data results in a problem-oriented approach. Using web-based software makes all the information available anywhere and allows the data to be shared with traffic safety partners.

Software provides smart solutions
Software applications help make traffic safer by managing activities and organising data. A few examples:

  • Reporting accidents or risk rating roads on location using a smartphone
  • Providing real-time insight into the development of, for example, accidents after a reconstruction using an iPad
  • Using Big Data such as the speed data from the many TomTom navigation systems
  • Informing politicians using automated safety reports or an app
  • Tracing accident concentrations and analysing these in detail
  • Asking citizens to report their feelings of danger and involving them in tackling safety issues in their neighbourhood
  • Supervising traffic participants using an app while en route

Journey Risk Management

The app that helps drivers anticipate.

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Journey Risk Management

Cataloguing (potentially) dangerous situations, and warning drivers about these situations at the right point in time, offers drivers the opportunity to anticipate these situations in a timely and defensive manner. Thanks to the high density of smartphones, a preventative approach using an app is easy to implement. The Journey risk management (JRM) app is developed do prevent accident by alerting drivers.

Using the smartphone’s GPS capability, the app knows where the vehicle is. The information about dangerous situations and the route is stored in the smartphone’s memory and is therefore also available without a data connection. The app uses the colours green, orange and red to indicate the risk score of the road section the driver is on at any particular moment in time. The extensive safety audit has also indicated what the dangers are. Depending on the type of vehicle e.g. large or small truck, the app indicates a safe speed whilst simultaneously displaying the speed being driven. If the driver does not adhere to the speed indicated, the speed display will go red. Danger hotspots (and their causes) are also reported to the driver in a timely manner.

To ensure that the driver can focus his full attention on the road the app is entirely voice supported. It reports the road section’s safety score in the driver’s own language including the cause of any danger, the recommended safe speed and whether that speed has been exceeded.

The JRM app is developed together with Institute of Road Traffic Education (India). Read more about the project on the IRTE website.

Register all traffic accidents using STAR

An innovative collaboration providing reliable accident analysis by focusing on reporting accidents efficiently.

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Register all traffic accidents using STAR

To register all traffic accidents. That is the police, the Verbond van Verzekeraars [Dutch Association of Insurers] and traffic-safety specialist ICT agency VIA’s objective. Starting this autumn, these organisations will cooperate under the moniker STAR (Smart Traffic Accident Registration) to achieve this goal. To this end, the existing MobielSchademelden [MobileDamageReport] app will be renewed enabling those involved in an accident to not only immediately report the damage to their insurer, but also to simultaneously register the accident.

Major under registration is a problem when it comes to traffic accidents registration in the Netherlands. The successful Dutch approach to traffic safety is being endangered by a lack of good accident data. Policy monitoring, analyses and evaluations will become increasingly impossible. The societal importance of improving accident registration in the short term is huge. This is why the police, the Verbond van Verzekeraars and VIA have joined forces. Owing to the societal importance of good accident registration it has been decided to create broad representation in a Stakeholders’ group.

The police must ensure thorough accident registration and should offer the desired support to those involved in traffic accidents. In this light the police is also working on improving accident registration itself.

The Verbond van Verzekeraars strives to provide help to the victims and the efficient processing of the damage. The association thereby also wishes to replace the 50-year old paper damage form (Europese Schadeformulier [European Damage Form]) with a digital version, MobielSchademelden.

VIA’s aim is to provide insight into traffic safety data to government bodies. As part of this mission, VIA has – for some time now – been collaborating with many different partners on the safety market to collect and utilise good-quality data using a renewed method. In this way, government bodies will once again have the opportunity to gain proper control of traffic safety.

Mobile reporting with or without a smartphone.
In the new situation, those involved in an accident are primarily responsible for its administrative processing. They have an immediate interest in the correct and speedy processing of the damage by the insurer. The questionnaire utilised will be ‘smart’ so that those involved in an accident will only be asked for relevant information such as, e.g. the manoeuvre diagram, which provides important information to the road manager. Furthermore, information the phone can provide about, for example, the exact location and weather conditions will be gathered automatically.

The joint objective is to register 100% of traffic accidents using the renewed accident registration. This also enables more rapid responses, as the data will become available to government bodies and for scientific research in real time. At the end of the year the database will be closed after which the information contained therein will be published.

Collecting a computer-based impression also enables a more specific approach. Those involved in an accident and their smartphones play a crucial role in this. There are currently around eight million smartphones in the Netherlands (which has approx. seventeen million inhabitants) which means there is a high chance of someone involved in a road traffic accident being able to register the accident using the MobielSchademelden app. Obviously, this applies even more to bilateral accidents. Only one party has to have a smartphone to use MobielSchademelden to register an accident.

The Road Safety Report System

A best practice from The Netherlands in which citizens are involved in improving road safety in their neighborhood.

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The Road Safety Report System

VIA and Veilig Verkeer Nederland (the Dutch Road Safety Association) developed and launched the Road Safety Report System (RSRS) in 2012, financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. VIA adjusted the software in such way that it is now open to NGO’s and ministries all around the world.

The Dutch have extensive experience in field of road safety. Nevertheless the number traffic casualties, cyclist in particular, increased over the past few years. The accident registration needed to be complemented by another source of road safety information. For that reason a road safety project was started in which citizens were involved. After all citizens are the experience experts. They have proven to be able to report experiences of unsafe situations accurately. In order to improve the involvement of citizens, we collaborated with road safety organizations (NGO’s). Both public road safety organizations as well as specific target organizations, such as representatives of motorcyclists and elderly, co-created. The result: the Road Safety Report System (RSRS). The Dutch RSRS is successful and therefore an important component to the Dutch national road safety policy.

Coalition is needed to implement the RSRS successfully. The coalition is most promising if both NGO’s and ministries (national, regional and local) are involved and work together. NGO’s will be asked to facilitate and support contact with citizens. For example NGO’s have to make sure that the RSRS becomes widely known. The amount of reports is key to the success of the RSRS. Using the reports and the connection with citizens, NGO’s can get started with road safety projects.

All of the reports will be included in the Subjective Road Safety Database, available within the monitoring and analyses tool ViaStat. This database is valuable to road authorities. Subjective data allows for a preventive road safety policy. NGO’s can help in carrying out this preventive road safety policy.


  • Citizens participate, together with NGO’s and authorities, in local projects to improve the road safety in their neighborhood.
  • NGO’s gain insight into traffic experiences and are facilitated with a tool that makes their work more effective and focused.
  • Road authorities complement the curative data (accidents) by subjective data (reports) to formulate an even more accurate road safety policy.
  • Commercial organizations are provided with the opportunity to display corporate social responsibility by sponsoring the RSRS.
RSRS is a unique opportunity for citizens, NGO’s, road authorities and commercial organizations to all cooperate in the improvement of road safety.

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